Here is a link to a good explanation of the political machinations around manipulating people’s understanding of inflation.
I guess for various reasons that include not paying people their Social Security, the neoliberals wanted us to believe that if workers stopped getting money, then inflation would go away. Yet there are those other people out there, the ones with money, who influence the price of things…
See Shadow Government Statistics at http://www.shadowstats.com/article/56
And for an entertaining breakdown of the US CPI, courtesy of the NYTimes, click on the title link above.